Decor Inspiration: 44 Friggin Fabulous Ken Fulk Moments

January 19, 2017

Dramatic open Ken Fulk kitchen fanciful wood cabinets leather bar stools chevron floor
Decor Inspiration: Ken Fulk Kitchen in San Francisco
Shall we describe this decor inspiration from Ken Fulk
as eclectic interior design? It's such a glorious
fusion of funky interior design magic, I can't decide.

He is Ken Fulk:
the life of the party, handsome, and
wildly successful at what he seems
born to do...artfully make dreams come true
by pushing his imagination to the extreme.

I could fill pages with juicy words on that theme,
but for now let's narrow our scope to Ken Fulk's
ability to lavish interiors with
personality and envision each,
from start to finish,
as a movie.

HOW FUN IS freakin filmspiration, FRIENDS?

I shined the spotlight on Fulk's design of a
and those pinworthy images
(though they are rooms
decorated for Christmas!)
are still circulating fast and furious!

Who can resist mentioning the vibrant party of
adjectives associated with a Ken Fulk project's
dreamy budget and limitless creativity?

Genius
Luxurious
Off-beat
Stratospheric
Sensual
Transportive
Experiential
Over the top
Mysterious
Daring
Theatrical
Elegant
Exuberant
Lively
Extravagant
Dramatic
Theatrical

But wanna know my favorite aspect of
what makes this creative soul tick?

Sense of humor.
Sense of humor!
The design world can be so stuffy, oui?
So much arrogance, so many rules.
So much:
"Who in their right mind puts THAT with THAT!?!
Ya know?

How utterly refreshing to watch a mysterious dream maker
from rural Virginia (with more style and humor
than formal training in design)
handsomely ascend with a wink.

I lied.
There's another aspect I find swell.
Fulk is not in Kylie Jenner's peer group...
he's the same age as me!
You just KNOW things at this age
you cannot know earlier.
Like how a rich imagination
plus fearlessness equals GOLD.
Or how Stevie Nicks is the bombdiggityfreshest.

Incorporated into much of the designs you'll see here:
Contemporary Art
Antiques
Taxidermy

But you may be surprised to also find moments
of timeless tranquility, to which we bretheren
of LovelyLand favor so passionately.

Where does the planner of over-the-top events
and parties as an architect of dreams hail from?

Fulk is from Virginia, and here's a peek
into his past (from SFGate):

"At 6, he picked his own preppy suits. At 8, he picked his mother’s dresses. As a teen, he participated in high school theater. 'I liked the transportive nature of it — of taking people to other places,' he said. "

Isn't that what the best parties and events do?
They disarm us and awaken all of
our senses so we feel fully alive.

Although he was on track to become a lawyer,
studying English and history in college, he started
a textile company in Boston instead.
This work led to a line of children's linens
and pajamas called Doodlezoo.
It was after moving to San Francisco and selling
his share of the textile company that Fulk
embarked upon a career as a decorator in 1997.

Since then, he has continued to create, design, style,
stage, plan events, and..um...
we're nahhhhhhhht talking typical events or clients.

These parties are for high profile types.
Fulk planned the elaborate Big Sur wedding of Sean Parker
(Napster co-founder), who likened him to
Frank Lloyd Wright and dubbed him
"the greatest living genius of interior design
and architecture." (SF Gate)

One of Fulk's quotes about SAYING YES
in a story by 7x7's Leilani Marie Labong
was inspiring enough to compel
me to get-my-PicMonkey-on*
and create this graphic:
*if you have not a clue what getting your picmonkey on is,
i'll explain later.

quote on courage saying yes Ken Fulk
PIN ME...I'm inspiring.
Saying YES even before you can fully understand
or integrate a fresh beginning into your
current vocabulary takes courage,
and I bet you'll taste that flavor
of daring in the
moments that follow.

Onward, then.

Vibrant colorful sectional sofa with Missoni brass at Oasis Palm Springs California
Photo by Douglas Friedman. Custom Missoni-clad sectional sofa on brass plinths. The Oasis, Palm Springs, California
Most of the brilliant photography is by

Designer Ken Fulk in tuxedo on huge David sculpture bust
More dapper than biblical rockstar David? Ken Fulk. Photo by Douglas Friedman

Charming banquette breakfast dining area liquor bottle chandelier Ken Fulk
...the moment a built-in nook by Ken Fulk murders you in the face.
Design by Ken Fulk. Photo by Douglas Friedman

Ken Fulk white farmhouse table carvings iron park benches in kitchen
The moment after being murdered in the face when you glimpse this farmhouse table and require CPR.
 Design by Ken Fulk. Photo by Douglas Friedman.

Ken Fulk penthouse ocean view apartment eclectic leather sofa living room
Design by Ken Fulk. Photo by Douglas Friedman.

Dramatic colorful bar dining room tropical wallpaper restaurant by Ken Fulk
Mirrors, massive scale, and fanciful foliage.
Design by 
Ken Fulk. Photo by Douglas Friedman
Ken Fulk powder room farm sink beadboard walls New Orleans
Need proof you can make a tiny space S I N G?
Ken Fulk Powder Room in New Orleans

Gorgeous library with black walls and modern leather chairs in San Francisco by Ken Fulk
This set my imagination on fire...Whispery conversations? Amaretto sours and Disco Dance Book Club?
Photo by Douglas Friedman. Barbary Coast library (paint color: Moby Dick) The Battery, San Francisco, California

Charming country coastal room seascape paintings windsor chair Ken Fulk
For realz.
Design by Ken Fulk. Photo by Douglas Friedman

Dramatic peacock blue paintcolor in dining room by Ken Fulk
Photo by Douglas Friedman. Peacock blue lacquer paint on walls in dining room required twenty coats!
Birch Castle, San Francisco, California.

Dramatic tropical palm tree wallpaper in bar restaurant by Ken Fulk
What year is it again?
Design by 
Ken Fulk. Photo by Douglas Friedman
Luxury bathroom with tub and huge oil painting over it Ken Fulk
I could live in this photo with this gentleman.
Design by Ken Fulk. Photo by Douglas Friedman

Dramatic art gallery wall over green velvet vintage sofa Ken Fulk
How grand!
Design by Ken Fulk. Photo by Douglas Friedman

Orange melon and brown colors in bar by Ken Fulk
Canteloupe and chocolate, s'il vous plait.
 Design by Ken Fulk. Photo by Douglas Friedman

Luxury bed and modern nightstand in dramatic bedroom design Ken Fulk
Design by Ken Fulk. Photo by Douglas Friedman
Contemporary portrait Cate Blanchett by David Downton in Ken Fulk room
Design by Ken Fulk. Photo by Drew Altizer. Backlit portrait by David Downton of Cate Blanchett.

Serene lofty bedroom blue painted walls poster bed fireplace Ken Fulk
A tranquil cocoon.
Design by Ken Fulk. Photo by Douglas Friedman

Ken Fulk farmhouse kitchen grey cabinets exposed brick brass bin pulls New Orleans
Get in ma belly, brass bin pulls.
Ken Fulk - Kitchen in New Orleans

Chic restaurant dining area diamond tiles booth by Ken Fulk
Design by Ken Fulk. Photo by Douglas Friedman

Dramatic colorful tropical decor bar by Ken Fulk
Design by Ken Fulk. Photo by Douglas Friedman

Dramatic colorful tropical ferns bar restaurant by Ken Fulk
Design by Ken Fulk. Photo by Douglas Friedman

Dramatic private booth opera boxes massive chandelier Carbone Las Vegas dining room
Photo by Douglas Friedman. Private booths inspired by opera boxes in dining room, Carbone, Las Vegas.
(Massive cascading chandelier from a 1960s Ferrari dealership)
Ken Fulk built in mud room cabinets ladder New Orleans
Vertical va va voom.
Ken Fulk - Mud Room in New Orleans

Exterior of The Harrison Hotel San Francisco
Design by Ken Fulk. Photo by Douglas Friedman

Teal green lacquer painted walls in dramatic lounge by Ken Fulk
Design by Ken Fulk. Photo by Douglas Friedman
Dramatic grey walls black fireplace wood stack leather sofa Ken Fulk
Design by Ken Fulk. Photo by Douglas Friedman

Dramatic teal green lacquer painted walls in bar by Ken Fulk
Design by Ken Fulk. Photo by Douglas Friedman


Dramatic fanciful bathroom opera box wallpaper round granite sink by Ken Fulk
Only the coolest wallcovering.
Design by Ken Fulk. Photo by Douglas Friedman

Dramatic library shelf painted blue crow shadowbox and books Ken Fulk
I've got my eye on you, fanciful fantasy maker Ken Fulk.
Design by Ken Fulk. Photo by Douglas Friedman

Dramatic teal green painted walls mirrored fireplace dining room Ken Fulk
Design by Ken Fulk. Photo by Douglas Friedman

Dramatic vignette with sculpture on table patchwork rug Ken Fulk
Here's what got me about this moment:
Ken Fulk as Houdini can make a Grand piano disappear
with dramatic interior design voodoo.
Design by Ken Fulk. Photo by Douglas Friedman

Pagoda pendant light over dining table dramatic room rustic floor by Ken Fulk
Would you have ever placed these rustic floors in the space?
Design by Ken Fulk. Photo by Douglas Friedman
High ceilings modern living room wood panel walls by Ken Fulk
Foxy. Design by Ken Fulk. Photo by Douglas Friedman
Dramatic bar with teal walls chess set chevron floor by Ken Fulk
Design by Ken Fulk. Photo by Douglas Friedman

Dramatic hotel lobby Harrison marble tile Ken Fulk
Design by Ken Fulk. Photo by Douglas Friedman

Wood cubbie cabinet in beautiful dramatic closet of Ken Fulk
Closet in San Francisco by Ken Fulk. Photo by Douglas Friedman

Chic family room in San Francisco Ken Fulk
Ken Fulk Family Room in San Francisco
Charming Ken Fulk porch New Orleans stripe curtains porch swing table
Ken Fulk Porch in New Orleans

Ken Fulk cozy dining nook banquette exposed brick New Orleans
Ken Fulk Dining Nook in New Orleans

Ken Fulk Fornasetti faces wallpaper in bathroom Pacific Heights Tudor
Design by Ken Fulk. Formasetti faces on wallpaper in a bathroom in a Pacific Heights tudor.

Ken Fulk eclectic living room tropical sofa rattan chairs stone fireplace
Design by Ken Fulk. Photo by Douglas Friedman

Ken Fulk rustic chic wood walls in a mountain ski house Sky High in Montana
A custom four-poster bed and antique antler chairs outfit the master bedroom. Sky High and Halfway House, Big Sky, Montana
Ken Fulk rustic luxury bathtub in bathroom with wood walls in Montana ski house Sky High
The view from the master bath at Sky High. Sky High and Halfway House, Big Sky, Montana

Take away any daring interior design inspiration
or over-the-top sweet mary on a motorbike admiration?

Image sources:
Ken Fulk
Elle Decor
House Beautiful
Vanity Fair


In that same Fulkspirit of FUN TIMES TEN,
let's keep Hello Lovely weird, but nice,
with a bunch of pink boxes to click open
for more lovely.

Woohoo!




Peace to you right where you are.



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6 comments

  1. He is so fabulously fearless!! Thanks for sharing this amazing portfolio, so inspiring!
    xo Holly

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  2. Oh boy!! Absolutely LOVE Ken Fulk. Awesome post.

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  3. Wow--loved seeing this--very creative and such a wide range! thanks for sharing!!!

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